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The Next BIG Thing…     Posted May 30, 2017

I’m gearing up for my exhibit at the Community Church of Chapel Hill in their large and beautiful sanctuary. Though the show will be up for two months, the only official time to see it will be the opening reception (date and time TBA). Here’s a sneak preview of one of the large works I’ve completed.

The title of this piece hasn’t been found yet, but the size is 48″ x 48″.

 

Link to My HGA Blog Post about Parallel Play       Posted May 2, 2017

My recent missive for the Hillsborough Gallery blog has been posted. If you look for it later, scroll down and down! Here is the the link

 

The show is up!       Posted April 24, 2017

Hope you can come to the opening; this Friday, April 28, 6-9pm. Details in previous post, below.

 

Parallel Play… new work now virtually available!      Posted April 18, 2017

I’ve just added a dozen new works to my website. They are the first 12 images on the front page. On Sunday/Monday the 23rd, 24th of April the actual work will go into the gallery. See below for details of the show…

Parallel Play, at Hillsborough Gallery  Upcoming Featured Artist Exhibit, April 24-May 21      Posted March 30, 2017

Tonight you can come out to see the latest from Arianna Bara, Michael Salemi, and Eduardo Lapetina at HGA’s Last Friday Opening Reception.

In a short month I put up my new work, along with the sculpture of Jason Smith and Evelyn Ward‘s ceramics. It’ll be a fine and varied show.  You can get a peek below of a couple of my new pieces. We look forward to seeing you at the opening on April 28, 6-9, at Hillsborough Gallery. It will be Hillsborough’s first Last Friday Art Walk of the season, with outdoor music, vendors and a number of galleries to visit. Should be hopping!

Partly Cloudy, 2017  (30″ x 30″)

Stepping Out, 2017  (12″ x 12″)

All About The Story, 2017 Edition      Posted February 24, 2017

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, located in a writers mecca, hosts an annual Story show. Gallery artists choose a local author and invite them to choose a book for the gallery artists to riff on. We invited Jean Claude Bemis, and worked from his book for older children, Out of Abaton, a re-imagining of the Pinocchio tale. The opening was lovely last night, and there is still plenty of time to catch the show.

Jean Claude (I don’t know if people use his middle name generally) will be doing a public reading from his book on Sunday March 5 from 4-6pm as well.

While I have done paintings for the last several Story shows, this one called me to an assemblage. Here’s a peek…

 

 The Tour has ended…   posted November 13, 2016

It was lovely to meet so many new people and welcome all the returning visitors on the Studio Tour. If you missed it, you’ll be able to see some of the new work at Hillsborough Gallery after tomorrow… Thank you for coming out!

 

OCAG Open Studio Tour, 2016     posted October 25, 2016

ocag_2016_seal-scaled-for-webWell, Speed Art was fun (see below), but I’ll be glad to simply host you in my studio for the 2016 OCAG Studio Tour in November.

Be forewarned that Google Maps will take you close, but not exactly to my studio. While you can see the house through the woods, to approach it you’ll want to head up the hill to the driveway. It’s on the paved part of the road and heads into the center of the block. My street number is not in order with the others. Look for the orange tour signs and balloons and you can’t go wrong.

Here’s a look at a couple of the new pieces you’ll see if you can come.

Sunset Windows, 2016  (36 x 36)

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Three of a Perfect Pair, 2016   (18 x 18)

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Speed Art!  Posted September 26, 2016

The 2nd annual Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the South East (T.E.A.S.E.) will be blowing through on October 5. I’m honored to have been chosen as the local Triangle representative to augment this traveling group of German and Southeastern artists for their downtown Durham stop.

You can find out a little more about the Zeitgeist Foundation and this years artists at their website.

Find us on October 5, from 6-8pm in Durham’s 21c Museum Hotel:

111 N. Corcoron Street

Durham, NC

919-956-6700

 

Hillsborough Gallery Show Installed       June 20, 2016

The new work is now at the gallery, a dozen new paintings. I got in a pretty good grove by the end of my time in the studio, finishing up with three of the strongest (and largest) pieces in the show. Nice note to pause on.

I hope all can come by the opening on Friday, June 24, 6-9. Here’s the Hillsborough Gallery link for information. The feature show includes ceramics by Evelyn Ward and collages by Pat Merriman. Pat is the singular person who lit the spark for this gallery a decade ago, and it’s her 80th birthday on our opening. Cause for celebration!

Here is one of those recent paintings…

Forest Totem, 2016      (36″ x 48″)                                     

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Tasty Morsel     May 22, 2016

I told Elijah the other day I was excited about a small painting I had finished for my show in June. I said my excitement manifested in a gustatory way; I left the studio with the feeling that I wanted to eat that painting! It was luscious and delicious looking. It made me feel like salivating. He couldn’t comprehend this, but it was the best way I could come up with to describe the feeling.

Maybe other painters would know what I was talking about? Here’s a rough shot of the painting..

Show goes up on June 20… just a month away.

TRIFECTA_basic-rough_scaled4web_P1090606                                            Trifecta, 2016 (12″ x 12″)

Fast Approaching     April 25, 2016

I have a feature show coming up quickly–it hangs on June 20 at HGA. Coming up a little too quickly from the studio perspective, but I do have a few pieces complete and others underway. The show it titled Grounded. My thoughts have not quite verbalized on it yet, so at this point I don’t have a lot to say. Working from the right side for now. Here is one of the new pieces, titled Sun Shards.

SUN SHARDS_basic_scaledsmaller_P1090572                               Sun Shards, 2016 (24″ x 24″)

In this other new piece I’ve eschewed the circles (to which I have been addicted) and traded them in for rectangles…

LAYERED_basic_rough_P1090579_small           Niche, 2016 (30″ x 30″)

 

February, 2016

March 4, 2016 is time to come out to Top of the Hill’s Great Room! The gala art event Through Women’s Eyes, a wonderful annual fundraiser by the Compass Center for Women and Families takes place from 7 to 10pm. If you buy a Golden Ticket, you can come at 6 and be special.

I won’t be able to be there, but my painting Spring Garland, below, will be among the donated artworks offered at the auction. You can also bid on work by Barbara Tyroler, Elaine O’Neil, Alice May and Chieko Murasugi. The show will also feature 5″ x 7″ mini masterpieces, pottery and jewelry bu many more women artists. Fun and a very worthy cause, bundled as one.

Here is a link to the Compass Center that will tell you all about the show.

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October, 2015

Now that I’ve dispensed with conjuring winter in July (see below), I’m gearing up for fall. Here’s one of the paintings I’ll have available at the OCAG Studio Tour.   Mark your calendar– first 2 full weekends in November, the 7 + 8 and 14 + 15.

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July 18, 2015

I don’t know if it’s some sort of solace I’m seeking this summer, but somehow in my sweltering studio (no A/C), I have been compelled by winter and fall photographs to work on COLD pictures. These paintings will be at my studio for the OCAG Open Studio Tour in chilly November, so maybe it’s a good time to seek this particular relief.

Snow, fall foliage, bare trees. Ahhh…

Structure in Fog, 2015

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First Snow, June 2015

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April 3, 2015

Uncharted runs through Sunday, April 19th. Leave us a message in the comment book if you come by, we’d love to know you were there. Watch the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts blog for comments from each of us about the work in the exhibit. I’ve just posted my thoughts…

 

March 23, 2015

Uncharted is installed! It’s the perfect exhibit for Spring, so if it snows this weekend (maybe that’s just a rumor, but it’s what I heard) you can come in the gallery and get a little respite among the artworks. The exhibit runs through April 19.

Don’t forget to come to the opening this Friday, March 27, from 6-9. Ali, Nell and I would all love to see you there.

Read a little about the show in our press release.  More about my work for the show is below… scroll down… and down some more.

City Grid, 2015

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March 1, 2015

Three short weeks from now I’ll have my newest work installed in the three-person exhibit, Uncharted, at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. I still have a lot to do, but ‘hot off the press’ is good, right?  I can’t wait to see what treasures my cohorts, Ali Givens and Nell Chandler, will bring and how we’ll work out the puzzle of putting it all together.

Our Opening Reception is the 27 of March, 2015, from 6 to 9. Save the date and come on out, if you live close enough! Winter here will surely be over by then.

The pieces I have slated for this show are, for the most part, derived from the Abstract/Landscape series I’ve been running with for the past 5 years or so (parallel to my figurative work, such as Fledge, below.) Scroll down further to see and read a little about my starting point and how I’m working on our theme, “uncharted”.

If you stop by Hillsborough Gallery earlier in the month you can see the current featured show, It’s All About The Story, an annual collaboration with a local Hillsborough author. This year gallery artists have drawn inspiration from Lee Smith’s short story collection, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. Lee will be reading from her stories on Sunday, March 8th, 4 – 6pm. Arrive early! It’s bound to be well attended and space is limited.

Also at the gallery currently is my piece Fledge, which builds on my house series from earlier last year that was featured in the show Dwell (April, 2014).

Fledge, 2014:

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Recent Obsessions:  In the fall I spent some time playing with texture, trying, within the confines posed by acrylics, to achieve a surface I could love. Egg shapes kept spontaneously cropping up amidst my experimentations. Here are a few of the results. (My son, Elijah, and I had a little fun with titles one night.)

An Original Egg, or…  Egg Dreaming of Being a Red Potato,  2014:

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Percolate, or…  Inner Thoughts of Egg,  2014  (sold):

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Big Ag Egg,  2014:

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Hinden-egg,  2014  (sold):

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Egg On Legs,  2014  (sold):

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Textural exploration brought some new approaches to the surface, and to unexpected content as well (eggs!). Then my contribution to a group exhibit with “the circle” as theme took the eggs from my canvases and domesticated them, so to speak. Finally, my domesticated eggs got to work as I considered the theme, “uncharted”.  As far as working to the theme goes, I believe my toddler brain must have kicked in. For the life of me, I couldn’t stop obsessing on the opposite of the theme: charting and graphing. The “un” would simply not stick.

As I mentioned above, these works stem from my landscape series. Now you might ask, what have uncharted, domesticated eggs got to do with landscape Fair question. Have you ever considered how a bubble color chart of a forest might look? That’s what I ran with…

Come out to the show and see what else turns up!

Fall Forest Grid,  2015:

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